Plans are in the works for a new bridge on Broadway connecting Sacramento and West Sacramento, and the two cities are asking for the community’s input as the environmental phase of the project nears completion.
The Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento are hosting a virtual open house on Wednesday, July 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to notify the public about the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) and public-comment period for the Broadway Bridge Project. The project team will present on the preferred bridge alignment, estimated project schedule and the environmental-impact analysis.
“I’m excited that our cities are launching the process to create a neighborhood friendly bridge at Broadway,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Building a great Sacramento region and addressing the challenge of climate change means establishing more connections between our cities and more ways for our people to get around on foot, on bicycles or on public transit.”
The proposed Broadway Bridge would span the Sacramento River downstream from Pioneer Bridge (US 50/Business 80), connecting South River Road on the west side of the river with Broadway on the east side. The crossing would be a movable bridge that would provide enhanced travel connections for people who walk, bike, ride transit and those who drive.
The Broadway Bridge project is based on recommendations from the Sacramento River Crossings Alternative Study and the Broadway Bridge Feasibility Study. The two studies, completed over the past decade, identified potential river crossing locations.
“The project team is also coordinating with other on-going projects to improve the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento,” said project manager for the City of Sacramento Jesse Gothan. “We’re excited to continue this work to enhance, redevelop and redesign both sides of the Sacramento River.”
The City of West Sacramento was awarded a $1.5 million in federal funds for the environmental and preliminary engineering phase. The cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento are each contributing $750,000 as local matches, for a total of $3 million. Future funding is currently being sought for the next phases of the project through a variety of local, state, and federal sources.
Community members can register for the virtual open house meeting at bit.ly/BroadwayBridgeProject.
The document is available for public review and comment on the City of West Sacramento’s website.
The public comment period is July 7 to Aug. 23, 2021. Written comments regarding the Draft EIR/EA should be submitted to: Jason McCoy, Supervising Transportation Planner, Capital Projects and Transportation Department, 1110 West Capitol Ave., 1st Floor, West Sacramento, CA 9569. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2021